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  1. Judy Miller

    It is not correct to say that diseased or euthanized animals can be put into pet food. The federal law is not being by-passed. It is absolutely illegal for ingredients such as these to be put directly into pet food.

    There are two types of Slaughter houses. One of which is not even allowed to sell the products to pet food manufacturers. It goes directly into “animal” feed, not dog and cat food. The “animal feed” being referred to are chickens, beef, lamb, etc. These in turn are then slaughtered and put into pet food.
    I don’t know if this is much better, but the true facts have to be stated.

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      No Judy – it is correct. Compliance Policy 690.300 Canned Pet Food (one of many) states: “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.” http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074710.htm In 2000 FDA tested various pet food purchased from store shelves and found many to contain the euthanizing drug pentobarbital. In regulations – animal feed refers to all animals including pets. It all is welcome into pet food without explanation to the consumer.

    2. Jeri

      There are holistic vets who have come out against kibble, and yes, they know what’s in it because they’ve seen the rendering plants. The ugly truth is that pets ARE used in pet food — and not just in Spain. And yes, the Compliance Policy allows pretty much everything including the kitchen sink to go into “pet food”. There are vets who have seen the euthanized animals in the rendering plants: leashes, collars and all (their words). Hideous, but factual. And why not? Who’s going to stop them or start legal procedure against these companies? The FDA has turned a blind eye and even has an official policy that does the same thing. Disgusting.

  2. MadlyMad

    We need a Pet PAC to fight and protect our pets from the Pet Food Industry and the Pet Food PAC. It has to be political and highly funded. The Pet Food Industry presently has the power to get what it needs from government regulatory departments. Our pets and we do not. False claims and outright lies are what we have to contend with often ending in the death of our loved dogs and cats. There has been lots of rumble that not only have our guys died from China pet food imports but that other ingredients as well may contribute to the increase of pet deaths to Chronic Kidney Disease. I have had four cats die of this disease and I rage against this evil taker of members of my family. I want to know why and if I am contributing to their ill-being by feeding them poison. And the only way to know this is if our government does what it needs to do. INFORM!!!!!

  3. Terri Janson

    I heard that rice contains Arsenic. I changed to a grain free kibble and now I’m not sure if I should be putting anymore human grade rice in the homemade food that I give them ay night?

  4. Bill Kegel

    My wife and I own a 14 year old Wire Fox Terrier named Madison. Last year, we almost lost her because she was eating dog food made by a well known manufacturer who touts the “Natural” ingredients in their food, starting with real meat and fish. She ended up with gastroenteritis and was hours from death. Luckily, she was saved by some great doctors at an emergency clinic here in our hometown and she is still alive today. She’ll be 15 in January and we’re keeping our fingers crossed she’ll be with us for a while. She is the most precious dog in the world. Her diet, since she had that episode last year, has been ONLY fresh rice, apples, bananas, and boiled chicken that my wife makes for her and freezes. We evem make her dog treats from scratch. If it weren’t for that diet and the excellent doctors, she would be dead right now. There is NO dog food made anywhere that is good for your dog. Period. It’s all garbage. If you want your dog to live and be healthy, make him or her a fresh diet yourself.

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